Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Rental Vehicles Might Pose Safety Risk to Drivers
California residents who rent vehicles should be aware of a loophole in the law that might be putting them in serious danger. In fact, this loophole might even cost some residents their life or alter their life because of a traumatic brain injury.
As the law now stands, car rental companies are not required to disclose information on vehicles that have been subjected to a recall and remain unfixed. In the case of the Takata airbag recall, any oversight could have devastating results if the airbag were to deploy. In one fatal accident involving the Takata airbag recall, a female motorist was fatally injured in the neck by a 3-inch metal fragment. Her death certificate listed traumatic brain injury as the cause of death, likely because of the blood loss caused by that laceration.
People who intend to rent cars should, therefore, keep a list of recalled vehicles handy. If you have to rent a vehicle that was part of the Takata recall, find out if the necessary work has been done to rectify the recall.
Meanwhile, if you were unaware that the vehicle you rented was a part of the recall, and you are subsequently hurt in an accident, you might opt to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered. Learning about California laws pertaining to personal injury claims might help you to decide how to proceed. It can also help you to determine who should be listed as a defendant in the personal injury claim.